State of the art lectures

Mike Fetzer (SHL Group, USA)

The evolution of assessment: Simulations and serious games

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In the past several decades, assessment technologies have made tremendous advancements. These advancements have accelerated the evolution of assessment methodologies at a pace that is unmatched in the history of testing. Simulations and assessments that look and feel more like video games are, undoubtedly, the path we are taking in many areas of testing. However, the technical ability to develop media-rich simulations and enter the world of “serious games” comes with the responsibility to adhere to sound psychometric principles and best practices. This address will provide an overview of how assessments have evolved, the types of simulations and serious games that are being developed and utilized across a variety of fields, and a discussion of how the science of assessment needs to evolve as quickly as the technology.

Steve Sireci (University of Massachusetts, USA)

What have we learned from 100 years of validity theory and test validation?

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The "modern era" of educational and psychological testing is often traced to the Binet-Simon scales developed in the early 20th Century. Since that time, psychologists have pondered important questions regarding test utility and fairness such as "Does this test measure what it purports to measure?," Is the test fair to all test-takers?", "Are the test scores being interpreted appropriately?", and "Are the scores from the test useful for their intended purposes?" In this presentation, the history of validity theory and test validation practices will be traced, key debates in validity theory will be discussed, and the key components for validating the use of a test for a particular purpose will be emphasized. For assessments in the 21st century to be defensible, comprehensive evidence of validity must be assembled. The steps needed to develop a comprehensive validity argument will be presented, drawing largely from national and international standards for test development and validation.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

July 3-5, 2012

July 2, 2012 (Pre-Conference Workshops)



Submissions are now closed since 20 January 2012

Early bird registration has been closed on 15 April 2012


Second announcement of conference:

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